Monthly Archives: May 2013



There have been rumours floating, since I was a kid, of the potential impending demise of this most iconic of skate-spots. Now, it seems, the rumours are getting louder and more definite.

It would be a great shame if skateboarding lost South Bank. I am well aware that skating doesn’t really matter much in ‘the grand scheme of things’, but it matters a lot to a lot of people; and South Bank is an historic skate-spot. Not only that; it is the most historic British skate-spot.

Save South Bank!


Tuuka Korhonen; B/S180NG, London 2005.

Previously published in Slap.

Image copyright Richard Hart.

Donny Barley


Donny Barley; pop-shove, Berlin 2000.


Half-frame camera portraits, en-route to Germany, 2000.

In the heady days of the Euro-contest-circuit, circa 2000, I tagged along with my filmer friend Anthony and elements of the Element/ New Deal teams, on a spontaneous train trip from the Prague contest to explore Berlin for a few days.

This spot had (and has) everything a modern street-skateboarder could desire. And Barley had (and has) one of the all-time best pop-shove-its in skateboarding.

Cheers Kingman for the invite/floor-space.

Pop-shove previously published as Emerica advert. (And I wish I had one of the 6′ promo displays of this, that I saw in some surf/skate shop in Orange County…)

Half-frame portrait published (I think) in Slap at some point.

Images copyright Richard Hart.

Ocean Howell


Ocean Howell, b/s 180 nosegrind, 180 out the hard way. Barcelona, 2003.

Previously published in Slap (and, dearest nerd, a silhouette of this was one of the ones on Slap’s ‘puzzle of style’ T-shirt).

Image copyright Richard Hart.